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Area teacher joins a Hall of Fame

Tuesday, August 2, 2005

Margo Sievers, first grade teacher at Sioux Central, has been inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Belle Plaine Historical Association.

The event was held to recognize the inductees for their contributions they made to the Belle Plaine area or in the case of those who moved away, the positive impact they have had on society.

Margo, along with her great uncle, LeRoy Shields, who was also posthumously inducted, were both from the Belle Plaine area. Margo is a renowned educator, artist and actress while her uncle wrote the original music for "Laurel & Hardy" plus "The Little Rascals."

Margo's mother, Ruth Ann Johnson, received his posthumous award for him.

Margo was awarded the Governor's award for Volunteerism in 2000, and was one of five finalists from Iowa to be selected for the Excellence in Education award given by Fox, Who Radio and ISEA with a reception held in her honor; has been nominated three times to the Who's Who Among America's teachers by former students'; nominated twice to the Disney Teacher Awards, this year receiving unofficial word that she had made the Top 100 from over 5,000 elementary teachers nominated nationwide.

Her first grade class, under her direction, has received the Buena Vista Department of Natural Resources Environmental Award for the last three years.

She has been a 21-year member of the Sioux Central Education Association, was awarded Educator of the Year twice, and was a Laces program co-chairperson. She has developed mentoring programs, student 'wish lists,' and has worked with Storm Lake schools, ILCC, ICCC and Buena Vista University. When she is not in the classroom, she finds success as a Master Gardener and accomplished artist, working from her home with garden tours and commissioned artwork.

Margo is well known for her portrayal of "Mother Goose on the Loose" for Iowa children across the state for five years, is on the Hospital Auxiliary board, is a member of the community theater permanent cast of "Touch of Broadway" performing company, is a member of the Red Hat Society and the Methodist Church in Storm Lake.

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